Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly enthusiastic about Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar with the France international said to be keen on a January move.
In line with the Independent, Lemar will be on a fixed-rate loan for a cost of approximately £6m using a £60m choice to make the deal permanent in the summertime.
Lemar joined Atletico in 2018 after impressing at AS Monaco for £52.7m but has failed to create much of an effect for Diego Simeone’s side. Arsenal almost signed Lemar in the summer of 2017 when Alexis Sanchez was also connected with a move to Manchester City, but a £92m movement by Arsene Wenger fell through at the last moment.
In 64 appearances for Atletico, Lemar has scored only four goals and Simeone said of the Caen midfielder:
“His traits have always excited me. However, he has not managed to live up to expectations”
Spurs have been regarded as keen about the player having gone through a poor run of form. Winger Heung-Min Son has been suspended in this period of time, but it’s caused Jose Mourinho to criticise record signing Tanguy Ndombele because of his lack of devotion.
Arsenal are also thought to be tracking Lemar’s scenario this January, though it was recently demonstrated that Arsenal might not have the cash to devote this month. The Gunners spent heavily on attackers Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli in the summertime, while they have Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their novels.
In 15 league appearances for Atletico this year, Lemar has failed to register a goal or an assist. However, Lemar was among the very for him to recover his form, and also given the fact there’s loads of time.
Arsenal face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 12.30 pm this Saturday, while Spurs take on Liverpool at the 5.30 pm kick-off after that afternoon.